Information Minister Lewis G. Brown says Government will remain firm in instituting administrative actions against media entities involved in unethical media reportage that undermine the nation’s peace.
The Chief Government spokesman also warned that Government will not continue to take kindly or treat as “business as usual,” inappropriate media reports that border on falsehood and could prevent the country from receiving needed assistance that will further improve the lives of ordinary Liberians.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press conference in Monrovia Tuesday, Minister Brown noted that the Government will explore all administrative avenues to ensure that media houses be held culpable for erroneous media reports.
The Information Minister’s statement comes in the wake of reports by some media entities in the country that the U.S. Government is in possession of a list containing names of African officials, including Liberian officials, who are considered to be “corrupt.”
He quoted the media report as emphasizing that the U.S. Government is intending to address the situation.
Brown noted that such reportage is not only intended to denigrate the image of the government, but also has the proclivity to negatively portray the nation to the extent where Liberia will be denied much needed assistance to enhance its recovery process.
“We also believe that these falsehoods are intended to give the impression that this government is engaging in massive corruption, and that nothing is being done to address the situation,” Brown emphasized.
According to the Information boss, such reports also have the potential to tear apart the nation’s hard-earned reputation as well as bring down the nation and its people, adding, “The government will engage the Press Union of Liberia to ensure that necessary actions are taken.”